Sunscreen, yes you should wear it, No I wont make you feel bad for not…for now

Hello!!!  Today’s post is about sunscreen, which is ironic since this morning started with downpours and lightening her in the burgh. I GET IT PITTSBURGH.

My sunscreen regime really kicked it up a notch post college and as I get older.  To be honest, marrying a red-head helped get me out of the sun.  More recently, when turned 29 my skin was like an empty-nester: “it’s been fun making up for all the dancing til 3 am, chemical laden products and golden tan’s but….get out…here’s  90 more sun spots and visible damage.”

Here’s the thing, sunscreen is a form of skin CARE, and green sunscreen is a form of care for you , and for the planet. Also, sunscreen is one of the most effective skin-care product there is; it’s that whole “prevention first, don’t fix it when the damage has been done” thing.

A Note…or to be schmancy… An aside…This post isn’t about tinted moisturizers, bb creams, etc. that have sunscreen in them, this is all about sunscreen-straight up.

Look, I get why you don’t want to wear it, banana boat sport is problem city. thick, smells like a coconut assaulted a banana, and causes you to break out.  My favorite part is if when you go out in the summer time at night after spending the day outside and you’ve got that heavy gross sunscreen on and it makes your face look like this:

Also, according to good this is a thing:

I’m never going to be able fall asleep again.

Sunscreen one of the best things you can do to protect your skin and prevent damage, so it has to be done.  Here’s my favorite part of green sunscreen.  the gross goopy feeling doesn’t exist for your body or on your face. What else is great, is that all of these sunscreens can be worn under makeup without being heavy, or clogging, or ruining your makeup.

 So what’s important about sunscreen and green sunscreen in particular? Let me tell you what I’ve found form the 3,403 articles I’ve read:

  • Most non-green sunscreens contain synthetic fragrances, parabens, formaldehyde donors
  • “…The biggest difference though, is the “active ingredient.” These active ingredients are the components that keep your skin from burning in the sun for a period of time. The problem with these active ingredients is that when exposed to sun, they break down and create free-radicals on the skin. Now wait a minute—aren’t these the free radicals we all hear about that cause cancer? They sure are. So, even if you’re not being visibly burned, your skin can get damaged invisibly from these chemicals.” (from THIS amazing resource)
  • Even good products like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are NO BUENO when they’re nano sized: Labs breakdown larger particles into nano sized particles, they’re so small , they’re then easily absorbed into your bloodstream and you’r body doesn’t know how to handle it. It’s all like “The F is this?!” But it’s natural right?  So are opiates.
  • Antioxidants might be able to help:And a study from 2004 that said that vitamins C and E and α-lipoic acid have been shown to reduce inflammation following sunburn in human skin. A Duke University Study found ferulic acid particularly good for preventing sun damage, and studies elsewhere have demonstrated that exposure to ultraviolet light actually increases the antioxidant power of ferulic acid.” (HERE)
  • There are Natural Oils that can help with sun protection. I would NOT suggest using just an oil, but it’s good to know which one’s help:  Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, Macadamia Oil , Non-GMO Soybean Oil , Avocado Oil , Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Sesame Seed Oil , Hemp Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil ,Coconut Oil
  • It’s all a balance: The best sunscreen is no direct exposure, but you need Vitamin D in your life and the best way to get it is through sun absorption.  There’s a lot of different theories about how to handle this balance.  The most common one out there is if you’re in the (non-extreme) sun for an hour or less, no sunscreen, longer or in more intense sunlight, use your sunscreen.  It’s all about what works best for you.
What do I use?  Sometimes you guys read my mind, I WAS JUST ABOUT TO TELL YOU!

Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+ My go to facial sunscreen is Devita‘sSolar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+  . Here’s why:

No Nano thankyourverymuch: (they even tell you the particle size, thank you for assuming I’m intelligent to know what that means without research.)

Secondly, The base (inactive ingredient) is Aloe which means after sun protection, the biggest impact on my skin is for it to soothe, moisturizer, and is non clogging or reactive like oils

Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient which I like in my sunscreen since it has exhibits water-binding and water-attracting attributes fill up the spaces between the connective fibers collagen and elastin in the dermis. This allows skin to say supple and prevents wrinkles from forming in dry skin.  I’m not worried about ageing and getting wrinkles, but it has a refreshing moisturized and plumping feel when I put it on.

 This moisturizer is light enough to wear under makeup, absorbs quickly, and leaves the skin nourished, feeling soft and smooth and it offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection

It doesn’t take a degree in chemical engineering and power sander to remove.  It comes off with my regular cleanser and isn’t tacky on the skin.

For my Body the favorite is Badger’s ALL-NATURAL SUNSCREEN CREAM – SPF30 LAVENDER, Here’s Why:

SPF 30 Lavender Sunscreen Cream

Broad spectrum protection from UVA & UVB rays using the safe mineral Zinc Oxide – No oxybenzone, octinoxate, or other chemical active sunscreening agents

Water resistant for at least 40 minutes & Biodegradable

Lightly scented with Organic Bulgarian Lavender in an organic moisturizing base of Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, and Vitamin E. No coconut/banana smell. WHY IS THIS THE DAMN STANDARD ANYWAY??!!

Antioxidants from Seabuckthorn & Sunflower are great for your skin.
BPA & phthalate-free tube from #2 recyclable plastic.

Next on my list? Dying to try Pratima’s sunscreen, tried it? Lots more options on the Pinterest!

Have a good one! Get some sun, just be safe, and clean!

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